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Crushed Ice Cubes Test for Personal Blenders

Check out how we test personal blenders for crushing ice cubes. It should be noted that we don’t evaluate that capability for every model.

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This test is part of How We Test Our Personal Blenders v1.0

One of the biggest roadblocks that prevents most personal blenders from being good all-around machines is the difficulty they have crushing ice cubes. That’s why we included this test — it highlights those that truly stand out. The ability to crush ice is indicative of how versatile your machine is for other tasks as well.

Someone is performing the ice-crushing test on the Ninja Fit personal blender.
The Ice-Crushing Test of the Ninja Fit (Cre: Nguyen Ntk/HealthyKitchen101)

Why The Test Matters

This test is important because it directly indicates a blender’s versatility. As the toughest ingredients, whole ice cubes can present real challenges for even high-powered blenders. So, if you find a machine that can succeed here, it won’t have any trouble handling other solid foods. 

Beyond pure versatility, this test also gives us an idea of the blender’s durability. The ice test can tell us what sort of problems may arise under heavy-duty use. Does the blender turn out snow-like crushed ice, or will the ice cubes win and wear down the machine? 

Take a look through our results, especially if you’re in the market for a device to help you make cocktails or snow cones!

Testing Recipe: 1 Serving 

  • 6 oz whole ice cubes 

Testing Procedure

We add all the ice cubes into the blending cup and pulse until they are fully blended. Occasionally, we may shake the cup in between pulses to force the ice back down onto the blades. 

Note: Before beginning the test, we check each user manual for any instructions regarding ice cubes. Some devices specifically state that they should not be used on whole ice cubes. In such cases, we skip this test and give it a failing grade (zero points) for this category. 

Scoring Scale

This test is worth 10% of the total score. We rate each blender’s performance on a 0-10 scale. Both the amount of unblended ice and the blended fineness contribute to our rating. 

The Amount of Unblended Ice

Once we’ve determined that the results aren’t going to improve any further, we pull the ice out and check the outcome. Any remaining chunks are separated out and weighed. By dividing that weight by the total (6 oz), we can determine the percentage of unblended ice. 

  • ≤ 10%: The blender will receive 10 points 
  • ≤ 20%: 9 points 
  • ≤ 30%: 8 points 
  • ≤ 40%: 7 points 
  • ≤ 50%: 6 points 
  • More than 50%: 0 points (Failed)
The amount of unblended ice cubes (0.17 oz) of the NutriBullet single-serve blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
The NutriBullet left only 3% of its ice unblended, so it got 10 points.
The amount of unblended ice cubes (1.17 oz) of the Ninja Fit personal blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
The Ninja Fit’s unblended ice accounted for 20% of the total, so we awarded it 9 points.
The amount of unblended ice cubes (4.48 oz) of the Hamilton Beach personal blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
We awarded the Hamilton Beach no points since 75% of its ice remained solid.

The Crushed Ice Fineness 

The fineness always fell into one of three variants. We don’t have a specific score for each variant, but consider it a factor in the final grading. 

  • Very fine: Such ices are fluffy, slushy, and snow-like. If a blender can create very fine shavings, its final score is calculated purely according to the amount of unblended ice. 
  • Fine: If the crushed ice comes out soft but a bit chewy, we deduct one point from the final score. 
  • Coarse: This ice is very chewy/crunchy and less pleasant than we’d like. We deduct two points from the final score in this case.
A black tray of fine crushed ice on a table.
The very fine crushed ice produced by the NutriBullet personal blender
A black tray of coarse crushed ice on a table.
The coarse crushed ice produced by Ninja BL480D Nutri personal blender
A black tray of ice cubes on a table.
The chunky crushed ice produced by the KOIOS personal blender.

Test Results

Test Developers

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